Kindergarten Program

The Ontario “big” school curriculum is brought to Inuit families strengthening a commitment to strong Inuit identity, culture and values.

Eighteen children in the class with an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board kindergarten teacher, an Early Childhood Educator, and an OICC Inuit cultural teacher.

“…This is important for our Inuit and will pay dividends in the future.”
“…he has learned self-esteem, he is willing to try and try again until he is satisfied with his achievement.”

Activities:

  • Inuit culture becomes part of the Ontario school system’s ABC’s
  • Play-based learning becomes the basis for learning about literacy and numeracy
  • With a small class size there is more opportunity and attention for skills building for each child
  • Regular visits to ‘big’ school

Highlights:

  • The Kindergarten program becomes a national success story
  • French language is taught to children, as well as Inuktitut and English
  • Services are strengthened with OCDSB expertise partnered with OICC cultural knowledge

Funders

Public Health Agency of Canada
City of Ottawa, Child Care Services

Partners

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
R.E. Wilson Public School

For more information, call Holly Vullings, ext. 228 – hvullings@ottawainuitchildrens.com

Link to our Kindergarten teachers’ biographies